So, I was looking at the author’s Instagram feed, and she has a post warning readers to read this book on a full stomach, and I completely agree! The yummy food descriptions were mouth-watering! So, definitely read with food, or plan to go get some while reading!
Rachel is our main character in this one. She is researching her family’s genealogy to understand her grandfather’s history. I loved Rachel’s journey of self-discovery paralleled with her family discoveries!
Rachel is a character that feels so real. She is built with flaws that I related to, and I enjoyed coming along with her as she learns and grows. She is a delight to read about. Her thoughts and actions are funny at times, and made this story feel lighthearted.
Her genealogy research is really interesting. I love learning about the history of families, so that part of the story was absolutely fascinating for me! I think that readers that enjoy the historical aspect of a character will enjoy this!
Where to Find This Book:
When anxiety-prone Rachel Granza learns that her growing sense of emptiness is affecting her relationship with her almost perfect boyfriend and that she’s jeopardizing any possibility of a marriage proposal, she knows she must pull herself out of her funk. But how? A dream apartment in New York City, a thriving psychotherapy practice, and her unique obsessions with topics like the Titanic don’t even make her feel grounded anymore. Red alert!
Trying to find happiness and meaning again—in more than her beloved Italian food—she stumbles into a genealogy mission to discover childhood information about her idol, aka her grandpa, who died years ago. He never spoke about his Italian immigrant past and now she’s determined to find out the reason for his unusual secretiveness.
Rachel’s ancestral roller coaster has roadblocks galore, but she needs the answers to her family’s hidden history. They’re her only hope to know more about her hero, salvage her relationship, and most importantly to save herself.
Just the Facts:
The Difference by C. D’Angelo
Genre: General Fiction
Page Count: 336 pages
Pub Date: July 29, 2021
The obvious answer is an author. Well, yeah, but I also work full time as a psychotherapist for young adults. I love my job, but also love SO much more in my personal life.
First, my husband is the best man in the entire world. Enough said.
Second, the hobbies, oh the hobbies. So here goes my list of passions; music (playing ukulele, using drums and music in therapy), drawing, reading, crocheting, cross stitching, decorating, photography, watching movies and TV, researching my family history, and traveling. These are in no particular order since everything depends on my mood and inspiration of the moment.
Third, I adore being an Italian-American woman (and you will see that my book basically is a love letter to my culture!). I am so proud of the values instilled in me from the Italian culture (music always, food even more always, and lots of love and hugs). Yes, I love the other European influences I have had and do have as part of my genetic make-up, but the Italian influence remains the strongest. That is in part to growing up with my grandparents from that side of my family. They were the main inspiration for The Difference.
I have a few favorite places that I have been, including New York City, Los Angeles, London, and many cities in Italy (the homeland!). One of the best moments has been when I found my ancestors on the wall at Ellis Island. There is my grandpa’s name below.
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